We decided not to stay in the basin overnight with the number of youngster roaming about and a fisherman suggesting we were very brave to have our boat there overnight. So after dinner we moved down to the offside pontoon at the junction for an undisturbed nights sleep. You can see from the map where we started this morning.
This morning Diana wanted to visit the charity shop with some books and jigsaws as well as picking up some new ones, so I dropped back from the pontoon to the quay side so she could get off and returned t the pontoon to clear the polly from the prop. It was 1130 when she returned and I picked her up to set off to Ocker Hill.
I think the Walsall canal is the dirtiest one we have travelled on all year, but although there is rubbish everywhere we didn’t have any real problems or weed hatch visits. We did have a problem with depth at one point, just north of Moorcroft Junction for about 70Mts it was very hard going, not weed, just silt, but it was the only spot.
Last time we were this way I assume its the same boat was in this polly tunnel, I bet it was warm in there last week. The building in the background is quite interesting as well I thought with its hoist hatch over the canal. Old disused canal features interest me, this looks like some sort of lifting are where you would hang a set of chain blocks, but what would you lift with it being mounted on top of a concrete post. There has been a great deal of movement on this bridge, the brickwork must have gone back or forward over 50mm and there are steel plates up into the roof.Another strange thing was the water plant growth. All the canals have been full of water plants and weed until suddenly today there was nothing, just open water with a reed fringe, this was around Bulls Bridge. s I said the going was easy until just before Moorcroft Junction where it was badly silted, at the junction the Bradley canal restoration Society have erected a notice as they are actively trying to restore the Bradley Arm up to the C&RT Bradley workshop so that gives a link to Deepfield Junction on the BCN Mainline Wolverhampton Level. You can’t get to far at the moment but things are looking promising with lots of the structure still in place.
Its not far after this where the Tame Valley canal joins the Walsall canal and then the little arm to the Ocker Hill moorings where we are tonight. These are mainly residential moorings but there is room for a couple of visitor moorings. BW use to have their offices by the arm and keep their workboats here, but they have since moved on.
Todays Journey 6.5 miles in 3.25 hours with no locks. Map courtesy of Waterway Routes https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/